Academic year 2020-21
What are we studying?
Year 7 will begin their Spanish course learning how to introduce themselves and practising their pronunciation of a new language with an early focus on phonetics. They will quickly master the alphabet, numbers and colours, then move onto describing themselves, their family and pets. They will also be learning why Spanish is an important world language.
Following on from Term 1, Year 7 will develop their sentence structure, adding in opinions on the themes of school life and free time. They will find out about Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico and how Christmas is celebrated in Spain, thus exploring the Hispanic culture as well as the language.
Year 7 will be discovering types of houses which are considered typically Spanish, including those of some eccentric Spanish artists! They will be able to describe where they live and go on an interesting trip to Madrid (via Virtual Reality) to direct each other around the city in Spanish. They will be using the near future and conditional tense to describe their ideal home.
Tapas tasting time… so be ready for the spicy patatas bravas! Year 7 will find out all about Spanish cuisine and get to sample some, having learnt how to order in Spanish.. a very useful future skill..
As we start to think of sunny holidays on Spanish beaches, the students will be exploring the topic of holidays and start using the past tense in Spanish to compare past, present and future travel. They will develop their awareness of Spain as a key tourist magnet and may consider which area they might like to go in the future on a school trip.
In the final term, Year 7 will discuss technology and how it affects their lives. They will continue to practise tenses and opinions in various contexts and get to watch a Spanish movie.
Students begin by sharing their research from the transitional project about food in Latin America, which ties in with the new topic of travel. The students will start the school year exploring the topic of holidays and start using the past tense in Spanish to compare past, present and future travel. We use video links and realia like travel tickets and maps to give students a more authentic experience. They will develop their awareness of Spain as a key tourist magnet and may consider which area they might like to go in the future on a school trip.
Students will discuss technology and how it affects their lives. They will continue to practise tenses and opinions in various contexts and get to watch a Spanish movie as part of the topic relating to film.
Students work in the context of meeting and greeting new people. They also talk about how they feel and if they get on with family and friends. They practise buying cinema tickets, accepting and refusing invitations and making excuses. Students use questions to ask about journeys and use ser and estar to describe character and mood. Key skills being developed include: Identifying patterns, explaining adjective agreement, word order, verb endings in different tenses
Year 8 students practise talking about clothes and giving their opinions of them. They look at different styles and eras of fashion while focussing on the imperfect v present tense. They use comparatives and superlatives to discuss different places where you can buy clothes. There will be lots of opportunity for role play.
Students return to an earlier theme but go into more detail saying what they like to do in their free time, saying what music they like and why, going shopping and discussing favourite places to go on holiday. They also describe an event in the past, learning how to narrate using a variety of past tenses.
Theme: Come to Madrid. Students study transport and travelling around Madrid. They plan visits to places in Madrid and a possible future school trip abroad. Students use realia to buy travel tickets and practise talking about a day out in the past. They also revisit an earlier theme: giving simple directions around town, which includes a visit to the VR suite for a virtual trip to Spain’s capital city. (Perhaps not as hot as the real Madrid at this time of the year!)
This term is all about healthy lifestyle and healthy body. Students will be well prepared, having completed their transitional project into Year 9 that incorporated the earlier themes of healthy food and sports. Themes include: Illnesses and injuries. At the chemists. Sport and sporting injuries. There is a focus on the use of question words and the impersonal form.
Students discuss jobs and future plans and look at how languages are a key part of the global economy, discovering how they can boost their employability skills. They will look at applying the future simple tense, as opposed to the near future and how to describe hypothetical situations using the conditional form.
Students review and develop an earlier theme,’Mi familia y yo.’ They will be able to describe what they and others look like and define character. They will look at the telenovela (soap opera) genre in Latin America and create their own scenarios using the topic vocabulary they have learnt. Family and friends and Relationships are discussed through photo cards and role play as students get used to the requirements of the GCSE exams. There will be a focus this term on grasping nuances in meaning, identifying familiar structures and applying to new situations
Students analyse how young people use technology, discuss the advantages and disadvantages and develop reading strategies. Students will visit the Virtual Reality Suite at Futures Institute to put the language they have learnt into practice, using the technology they have been discussing.
Students will develop the theme of Tiempo Libre. Free time, music and cinema. They will build on their listening skills using various songs by popular Spanish artists and watch a typical Spanish genre of film. They will be encouraged to support opinions with a range of language, giving reasons and examples in different tenses. Students practise speaking task types at both foundation and higher tier. Students study the theme of Eating out and food culture in Spain. They get to sample some typical Spanish food and role play a restaurant scenario. This term the focus is on developing their use of future time phrases and reflecting on listening strategies.
Students explore Customs and Traditions in Spain this term with an insight into the weird and wonderful fiestas celebrated across Spain and Latin America, from El Colacho baby jumping to the famous Tomatina tomato throwing festival. We go through a whistle stop tour of fiestas in different provinces through video links and another VR suite experience. Students will work on developing their ability to use narrative with descriptive techniques.
Students begin their GCSE exploring the theme of local area, town and home. They will look at how Spanish architecture has been influenced by their Moorish history with examples in Andalucia, the wonderful Alhambra palace and the amazing mosque in Cordoba.
Skills will include:
Using adjectives to enhance descriptions
Recognising key topic words in reading and listening tasks
Using verbs which start with a vowel
Simplification and paraphrasing
Recognition of hidden meanings and being able to infer from higher reading and listening texts.
Students will discuss social issues including Charity/voluntary work, Healthy and unhealthy living, Eating habits and Comparing old and new health habits.
Students are encouraged to vary vocabulary, to add mark winning phrases and to use different tenses accurately. Key skills include:
Using verbal context when listening, using adverbs to enhance sentences and recognising common patterns in Spanish when listening.
Students define and discuss environmental issues such as pollution, recycling and alternative resources. They will analyse problems and come up with solutions. In this term students will focus on reusing known verbs and phrases and making use of social and cultural context when listening.
Students explore social issues such as homelessness and poverty, evaluating the current situation and creating solutions to problems of social inequality. There is an emphasis on justifying answers and using key phrases for agreeing and disagreeing in a discussion. Students will be preparing their speaking booklets and boosting their confidence for the speaking exams in term 5.
Students describe holiday experiences, express and justify preferences and talk about holiday activities in the perfect tense. They use video and a VR visit to experience tourist destinations in Spain. This is a popular theme for discussion in the speaking examination which also takes place this term. There is a focus on: using negatives to improve writing, paraphrasing and expressing opinions using intensifiers.
Students develop their uses of tenses when describing holidays. They develop their productive skills and are encouraged to apply descriptive and narrative structures to their work (using Success at speaking and writing booklets). They will also work through a vocabulary booklet which focuses on specific areas of language from time phrases to question words and provides a great opportunity to consolidate learning before the final GCSE year.
Students will start year 11 studying the theme, ‘My Studies’ in which they discuss life at school and college. They will be using extracts from the higher tier course, where mark winning structures are encouraged. A Foundation and higher tier file is used for vocabulary consolidation and will be tested weekly in a Tuesday morning MFL mentoring session aimed to support and revisit prior learning. In class they will be focusing on key exam skills including: Recognition of hidden meanings and being able to infer meaning through reading and listening texts.
Students will be studying the theme of Education- post 16. Students will focus on increasing their confidence speaking and will take part in exam style photo card and role play scenarios using current themes. They will be encouraged to use a variety of tenses in their answers and to try and talk for two minutes on each task.
Students will be studying the theme of Jobs, Career Choices and Ambitions. Students will focus on learning useful higher tier structures and learn to vary vocabulary and language in order to achieve the highest grades. They will also begin recalling earlier themes from Identity and Culture.
Students will continue reviewing all themes covered over the 2 year course in the context of exam style tasks from AQA website. Students given both higher and extension listening and reading tasks to do from kerboodle.
Students will be preparing for the speaking exam (early May). There will be a review of all themes using AQA revision powerpoints/recap to retain revision worksheets and analysis of past papers. There will be an emphasis on grading and exam criteria so students start thinking from the examiner’s point of view and see how they can maximise their marks. We will be using the kerboodle assessment file on all 4 themes: higher level practice assessment in listening, reading, writing and translation. Students are encouraged to attend the Friday am sessions to supplement their learning and to receive tailored feedback.
Students are set weekly vocabulary to learn and exam questions on Show My Homework. Any students falling behind attend Friday consolidation class.
BBC Bitesize Spanish
Practice of key language structures/tenses and topic vocabulary
Mrs Graver- Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs Foster – Assistant Principal and Head of College
Miss Minihan – Teacher of French and Spanish